Currently, T-Mobile is the only major US carrier who doesn’t officially carry Apple’s iconic iPhone. That isn’t to say that it is completely impossible to use an iPhone on T-Mobile’s GSM network, as people have been doing so since the device first came out. In fact, T-Mobile themselves have even officially welcomed people to bring their iPhones to the network, even so far as to say that by 2013 their network will allow HSPA+ support on the iPhone.
Despite the fact that the carrier will apparently soon be “selling against the iPhone,” the latest rumor has it that there will also be iPhones on display in T-Mobile stores. Yes, you read that right. T-Mobile is likely planning to display unlocked, off contract iPhones in its stores. This claim is based on the fact that quite a few store managers were recently asked to activate an iPhone compatible microSIM without being told what device it would go in, and many sources seem to think the iPhone is a likely choice.
If true, this would likely be an attempt not only to draw iPhone users to their service, but also publicize their “bring your own phone plans.” It would probably gain at least a bit of media attention, but I’m still not completely sure how displaying iPhones in store can be considered “selling against the iPhone.” Of course, I have nothing against the idea, and with T-Mobile’s new unlimited plan, some iPhone users may want to switch to the magenta carrier in the near future.[TmoNews]